LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Making your child's lunch for school doesn't have to be a chore. There are easy things you can do to keep it interesting and delicious. Here are six super-smart tips for kids' lunches.
1. Compartmentalize - Lunch boxes once were just that, boxes. Today, most are modeled at least in part after Japanese bento boxes, which have multiple containers and compartments. Search these out and make use of the space.
2. Keep Sandwiches Crisp - To keep bread from getting soggy: First, toast it. Second, put a layer between it and the other ingredients. Problem solved.
3. Always Cook Too Much - Leftovers make packing lunch so much easier. This is true when making breakfast, too. Extra pancakes and waffles make great 'bread' for sandwiches.
4. Pack Real Utensils - Lunch is not the time to break out the good silverware. But disposable plastic breaks easily and has a lousy eco-footprint. Instead, grab some inexpensive stainless-steel utensils at the dollar store.
5. Stick It - Remember, for fun eating, food on a stick always trumps food not on a stick. This may also be a way to get your picky eater to enjoy their lunch.
6. Involve the Rugrats - Including your child in the cooking process is a fun way for them help out. This allows them to have some input in what goes in their lunchbox.